Lake Hodges Opener On Deck

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  • One of the most anticipated dates of the year for local freshwater fishermen is on deck with the scheduled reopening of the popular lake in Escondido.

    Hodges will open for its 2018 fishing season on Wednesday, February 7th. The lake is traditionally open February through October annually.

    However, Rocky Mountain Recreation, the concessionaire at Hodges (and several other City of San Diego operated lakes) will not be opening their concession at Hodges until March 7th. That means there will be no boat rentals or concession services available for the first month of the season.

    The water level is reportedly at 97.85′ at the gauge – meaning the lake still has plenty of water in it to facilitate boat launching. For context, Hodges opened last year at approximately 98.86′ and closed in October at around 100′.

    Hodges is open on a Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday schedule for fishing and boating. In addition to private boats, shore fishing, float tubing and kayaking is also permitted.

    Traditionally there is a VERY good early season crappie bite at Hodges – so if panfish are your thing, get out there.  Largemouth bass have been finicky at Hodges the last few years, leaving many local anglers yearning for the “good ole days” when Hodges was one of the best lakes in the entire country. Still, its a healthy fishery and there are plenty of bass ready and waiting.

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